Following yesterday’s announcement of a temporary hospital and 250,000 NHS volunteers, Boris Johnson gives his daily update. Much excitement today has been centred round a nearly-ready antibody test and the last PMQs before parliament’s recess.
A blood test that may be able to detect more than 50 types of cancer will be piloted by the NHS. Report by Patelr. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
London’s The Shard was lit up in honour of the NHS and key workers who havebeen on the front line during the pandemic – with the annual Christmas switch-on done by three healthcare staff. Medical workers from Guy’s and St Thomas’NHS Foundation Trust were invited to switch on the display, which saw all 20storeys of the building lit up with more than 575 LED lights and fixtures.
Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO Duration: 00:40Published
Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that over 1 million NHS workers will receive a pay rise as part of his spending review. Mr Sunak also confirmed that the National Living Wage will increase by 2.2% to £8.91 an hour and will now include those aged 23 and over. Report by Browna. Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/itn and follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/itn
Boris Johnson, who faces a Commons showdown with his own MPs over thestringent tier measures, urged the nation to “work together” with tiering,testing and vaccines. The Prime Minister is offering Parliament another chanceto vote on the restrictions early next year, saying the legislation will havea “sunset of February 3”.
Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO Duration: 01:11Published
Boris Johnson has defended the Government’s latest tiered controls forEngland, saying they were essential to get coronavirus levels down. The PrimeMinister acknowledged that many people felt “frustrated” – particularly ifthey were in an area with low infection rates. “I know it is frustrating forpeople when they are in a high-tier area when there is very little incidencein their village or their area. I totally understand why people feelfrustrated,” he said during a visit to a public health laboratory in Wiltshirein a pooled clip for broadcasters.
Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO Duration: 00:58Published
On the issue of Brexit, Boris Johnson said the likelihood of a deal was "verymuch determined " by the EU. "There's a deal to be done if they want to do it,which would, I think, benefit people on both sides of the of the channel," hesaid, adding the UK would still "prosper mightily" in the event of a no-dealBrexit.
Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO Duration: 00:34Published